After a serious car accident, slip and fall, or another personal injury, many victims report headaches, problems concentrating, and other symptoms associated with a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, even a “mild” TBI can change your life forever.
Keep reading to learn more about these complicated injuries and find out about Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys’ approach to brain injury claims.
What Is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?
Your brain is a complex and highly sensitive organ that’s made of billions of nerve cells, tissues, glands, and other structures. It serves as the control center for your entire body, processing your thoughts, controlling your movement, and ensuring your body’s continued operation.
Because your brain is vital to your survival, it’s protected by a thick skull and a buffer of cerebrospinal fluid. However, the inside of your skull isn’t smooth. Instead, it has ridges and indentations that hold nerves, blood vessels, and your brain in place.
When an impact violently hits or shakes your head, your brain can strike the rough inside of your skull. Sometimes, your brain will bounce off the skull repeatedly, damaging multiple areas. This trauma can cause bruising, swelling, bleeding, and disruption of your neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that send messages to the rest of your body.
Even though a mild TBI may not cause severe damage that requires surgery, it can still have a significant impact on your ability to function. For example, mild brain trauma can stretch and damage the axons and blood vessels in your brain. While most CT and MRI scans won’t pick up these near-microscopic injuries, the trauma can still cause symptoms that limit your ability to work and live a normal life.
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“Mild” TBIs Can Have Long-Lasting Effects on Your Daily Life
Mild TBIs, which are also commonly called concussions, can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Visual disturbances
- Memory loss
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Balance problems and dizziness
- Sensitivity to sound and light
- Problems concentrating
- Mood and personality changes
- Anxiety and depression
While some people recover relatively quickly from a mild TBI, others struggle with post-concussive syndrome and other symptoms for years. For some long-term TBI victims, their symptoms prevent them from working and doing the activities that they love. If you’re facing a similar situation, it’s important to know you’re not alone in your struggle with brain injury symptoms.
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Every year, about 2.5 million people go to the emergency room because of TBI symptoms. Between 75 and 90 percent of these people receive a diagnosis of mild TBI. And while most people recover from a mild TBI in a matter of months, about 10 to 20 percent of mild TBI victims report long-term difficulties. This means that hundreds of thousands of people suffer long-term symptoms from a mild TBI or concussion each year.
TBI Claims Require Thorough Investigation and Trained Analysis
When you’re struggling with a brain injury, whether doctors classify it as “mild” or not, you’re typically balancing medical appointments and rehabilitation sessions while trying to manage symptoms that can be debilitating. When you work with Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, you can focus on your recovery and let us fight on your behalf.
We understand how much is at stake in a TBI claim, and we work aggressively and efficiently to hold the at-fault parties accountable. At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we’re proud of our track record of success in handling brain injury claims.
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When we take on a TBI claim, we work with a team of experts who can help us calculate our client’s losses and explain their complicated injury to a jury. Depending on the unique nature of your claim, this group of experts may include doctors, vocational experts, accident reconstruction experts, long-term care planners, psychologists, and therapists. And after consulting with our experts, we use their insight to hold the at-fault parties accountable for negligent conduct and get victims the compensation they deserve.
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: We Fight for Alabama’s TBI Victims
If you or someone you love is struggling with a traumatic brain injury that occurred because of someone else’s negligent behavior, contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys today. An experienced TBI lawyer from our team will listen to your story, explain your legal options, and help you understand your next steps. To schedule your free consultation today, fill out our easy online form or call us at 251-888-8888.
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